CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say more than 50 cats have been seized from a West Virginia home.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that after weeks of planning, a more than 20-person multi-agency team cleared a Charleston home Tuesday packed with feral cats. The homeowner was taken away in an ambulance as she and the animals were exposed to high levels of ammonia.

The team was formed after neighbors complained.

City Attorney Paul Ellis says "a real health and safety issue" prompted the response and he suspects the homeowner had good intentions. She hadn't been charged. An investigation is ongoing.

Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association director Jessie Shafer says the cats were transported to a clinic. She says free cat adoptions are ongoing to help make room for those seized.

One kitten was found dead in a freezer.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,